Law Drafted for Public Operation of Idaho Prisons


(09/11/2013)
Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise, drafted a proposal that would allow state agencies to bid on government work normally reserved for private companies.

Debate Surrounding Orleans Parish Prison Continues


(08/28/2013)
The third phase of a new inmate housing facility, part of the New Orleans Parish Prison, will soon be constructed on a piece of land owned by the City of New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu recently agreed to the construction project, which will house women, youths, sick and mentally ill inmates. This new housing center will help keep these inmates separate from those contained at the Orleans Parish Prison.
 

FCC Seeks to Lower Inmate Calling Rates


(08/21/2013)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed an order on Aug. 6 that would reduce the rates of inmate calls, cut off payments to prisons and jails for commissions and weaken correctional security.

Students and Inmates Collaborate on Construction Project

By Maggie Ryan
(08/21/2013)
Students from Iowa State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture teamed up with inmates at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville to construct a set of classrooms on the ICIW campus. These multipurpose outdoor classrooms will be located in the center of the new 30-acre campus.

Coffee County Plans to Use Old Jail

By Maggie Ryan
(08/01/2013)
A new jail in Coffee County, Tenn., is currently under construction. The $22 million project is slated to be complete in August 2014.

Nebraska State Penitentiary Implements New Health Programs


(06/19/2013)
New medical screening procedures and in-house programs are being implemented in Nebraska penitentiaries as the number of inmates age 50 and older increases. The demand for new operations programs comes from the justice system’s heightened strive to crack down on crime. This, according to experts, has caused the significant increase in older inmates over the years.
 

The GEO Group Looks to Expand in Montgomery County


(06/11/2013)
After finalizing its purchase of a 1,287-bed detention facility in Montgomery County, Texas, private prison corporation The GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, Fla., is looking to purchase a second federal prison in the area.
 

East Mississippi Correctional Facility Faces Class-Action Lawsuit


(06/05/2013)
Mississippi is currently under scrutiny for the “less than ideal” conditions at East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Lauderdale County, Miss., near Meridian, Miss.
 

Ala. Leaders Discuss Possible Women’s Prison


(06/05/2013)
Alabama is trying to make room for female inmates in Calhoun County, Ala., as local leaders are starting a new campaign to push for the creation of a new women’s state correctional facility.
 

Texas Bill Aims to Divert Inmates with Mental Illnesses


(05/29/2013)
The Texas House of Representatives and Senate have approved a pilot program that would provide inmates with mental illnesses with additional resources in social, clinical, housing and welfare services in the first weeks after release.